An important factor in the transfer of resistance genes is the presence of plasmids. A plasmid is an additional piece of DNA that exists next to chromosomal DNA. Plasmids can carry many different genes that that may increase the chance of survival of bacteria, among which are resistance genes.
Recently, PhD Student, Marta Rozwandowicz, Utrecht University, published a paper on IncK plasmids in which she showed that this type of plasmid is not just 1 type of plasmid, as was assumed until now, but actually comprises 2 distinct types of plasmids. This is relevant for understanding the complex epidemiology of plasmids. Please discover Marta Rozvandowicz' interview :
More to read in the coming Project Newsletter!